Several years ago, few African Scientists in United States met and started ISABB (www.isabbio.org) with the mission to organize African Bioscientists & Biotechnologists in the Diaspora, to become change agents in matters regarding Research and Development (R&D) in Africa. So many international students from Africa migrate to western nations for postgraduate studies every year and are unable to go back to their countries after graduation because of persistent economic hardships and little or no research infrastructure in their countries of origin. The implication of this trend is braindrain, which deprives Africa of the very natural resources needed to address its economic woes. Many skilled scientists of African origin are scattered all over the world, especially in the western world, where they have continued to do cutting-edge research with a desperate wish that someday they will be able to give back to Africa. Unfortunately, there is a lack of an effective forum for the exchange of ideas and a mechanism to harness the capabilities of African researchers in the biotech and biosciences to address specific problems pertinent to the continent. Cognizant of this vacuum, the ISABB was initiated to encourage free exchanges among African scientists in the diaspora (living outside the African continent) and in the cutting-edge fields, with the hope that the interactions would result in collaborations that would promote research and development on the continent. ISABB also, is a platform for non-African Scientists to invest their resources and time into the development of R&D in the African continent.
Maintain a current annual directory of ISABB members, including their institutions, and professional specialization
Facilitate dissemination of scientific information and technology through publications, seminars and international conferences
Promote research and collaboration among African scientists and between African Scientists and other scientists worldwide
Foster high standards of education through the establishment of exchange and mentoring programs involving educational institutions on the continent and those participating institutions or organizations abroad
Promote and support high standards of professional ethics among members and those participating with ISABB
Promote the use of ISABB scientists as reviewers and panelists by funding agencies and governments seeking to aid developmental activities, involving the areas emphasized, throughout the African continent, and
Cooperate with other organizations with similar objectives.
There are six Divisions within ISABB and each Division is coordinated by a committee of accomplished African scholars in the Diaspora who have demonstrated excellence in the field of studies represented by the Division of interest. The Divisions within ISABB are:
Membership is growing as more African life scientists (in Africa and in the Diaspora) learn about ISABB. There is a strong appreciation for the fact that ISABB is an international scientific organization for professionals. It is a not-for-profit, non-governmental organization based with secure infrastructure in the United States of America and mobilizing African life scientists in the Diaspora. This important bridge will support research and development in the African continent. Every summer ISABB scientists travel to Africa with young adults of African descent in the medical profession to provide free medical care to very poor people in remote villages in the continent (Visit us at http://isabbcommhealth.org to see the video of ISABB medical outreach to Nigeria in the summer of 2010).
Full length research
ISABB-JBB is an open access journal. Abstracts and full texts of all articles published in the journals can be read online without any form of restriction.
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The ISABB Journal of Biotechnology and Bioinformatics is an Open Access journal. Abstracts and full texts of all articles published in this journal are freely accessible to everyone immediately after publication without any form of restriction.
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The ISABB Journal of Biotechnology and Bioinformatics is a RoMEO green journal. This permits authors to archive any version of their article they find most suitable, including the published version on their institutional repository and any other suitable website.
The ISABB Journal of Biotechnology and Bioinformatics is committed to the long-term preservation of its content. All articles published by the journal are preserved by Portico. In addition, the journal encourages authors to archive the published version of their articles on their institutional repositories and as well as other appropriate websites.
The ISABB Journal of Biotechnology and Bioinformatics encourages metadata harvesting of all its content. The journal fully supports and implement the OAI version 2.0, which comes in a standard XML format. See Harvesting Parameter
Article metrics is increasingly an important measure of the impact of a published article. The journal provides article metrics for each published article. The article metrics provides a record of the number of views received by the article. It also keeps a record of the full text PDF downloads. Article metrics is available on the abstract page of each article.
Manuscript Handling Fee
Authors are required to pay the manuscript handling fee only after their manuscripts have been reviewed and accepted for publication by an editor.
The manuscript handling fee for ISABB-JBB is $750 (USD).
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